Fire ravaged run
Kersbrook Tiddlers Ride
15 February 2015 – Kersbrook SA
We had nearly heat wave riding weather with the temperature around 37c, but this didn’t stop the usual suspects and a few others venturing out for a ride. We arrived at Kersbrook in an orderly manner and by 9.30 we had about 20 bikes and riders present. Ian Hese gave a brief description of the run and when Ian mentioned we turn left at Cockatoo Valley and travel to Lyndoch, Pud Freeman quickly piped up and said we go past the ‘nudist colony’ on our right. He was quickly questioned why he knew so much about its location, only to reply ‘there is a sign there’. No Pud, there is nothing of the sort, just a high fence. It was great to see a large number of veteran and vintage motorcycles with a sprinkling of later models and a few modern ones. Many riders found the riding slow but enjoyable, the heat was trying, indicated by the amount of wet shirts seen under their jackets. The day’s ride was in reverse to previous years, which proved to be enjoyable and at the slow speeds we were able to witness the devastation caused by the fire and how close it got to houses. In one padlock there was a small plantation of pines, which I assume were for Christmas, but all we saw were hundreds of black pines in a burnt and barren landscape. Back at the Kersbrook Club, 40 members and partners sat down to a 2-course lunch with cool drinks, tea or coffee supplied by the ladies of the Community Club. On a pin board in the room were several photos taken by locals of the fire being fought by CFS volunteers. Of note, the Kersbrook CFS were called out again on Saturday night as a gum tree had reignited as a result of the Sampson Flat fires. Last year was cancelled due to the extreme heat conditions, this year’s was close to cancellation, what will next year be like?